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This book is good if you like true business stories like I do. But I must comment on the reader/announcer. Several times throughout the reading he mispronounces words that, as a professional, he ought to know. One word was "forte" meaning strength. He pronounced it "fort". When I heard it the first time, I merely let it slip by, but when I heard it a second time, I had to roll the audio back and convince myself of what I had actually heard. If it was only that, I could let it pass, but there were several others. One major mispronounciation was the last name of former Defence Secretary Robert McNamara, which he pronounced "mic-MAN-era". Here again, I had to go back in order to be sure of what I was hearing.
To me this is inexcusable by not only this man, but by the producers as well as now I'm listening for the next mistake, rather than enjoying the book. Also, one is left wondering if he is pronouncing the names of the characters correctly. How can we tell?
Audible should bring this to the attention of the editors, to get this recording corrected.
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I could not get past the narrator so I stopped listening after 30 minutes. He gives the book a very scholar tone which makes it tedious to listen to.
A strongly researched and detailed, realistic portrayal of events. Yet its quite spoiled by Bianco's strongly partisan depiction about one of the main players involved in the HP spygate episode. Even the protagonist's past is shown in favorable light. While this may be deserving, Bianco could have done well to give the positive aspects and leave the final verdict to his readers. Narration is too fast and at times very dull. Book could have been a bit longer (12/13hrs) to give listener time to digest narration. Serious readers such as myself would not mind the longer time.